The new Tata Movus is the replacement for Tata——s tried and tested old MPV, the Sumo Grande. The car started out as the Tata Sumo and several years and numerous revisions later, we finally have the Movus. This new MPV will be available in 2 variants. The biggest USP of this vehicle will be the option of having it in 7, 8 or 9 seater configurations. Needless to say, the Tata Movus will also have a flexible seating layout.
Powering the new Tata Movus is the reliable 2.2 litre VARICOR 4 cylinder engine. This common rail diesel injected engine develops a power output of 118 bhp and a maximum torque output of 250 Nm @ 1500-3000 RPM. This power is routed to the wheels via a 5 speed manual transmission. This engine provides a good driving experience in the city but it runs out of steam pretty quickly on the highways under acceleration. On the plus side, the Movus returns an ARAI-certified fuel efficiency rating of 15.16 kpl. Independent double wishbone suspension with coil springs at the front and parabolic leaf spring suspension at the rear coupled with 15 inch wheels provide the car with decent ride quality.
The trump card of the new Tata Movus is going to be its interior space and its flexible seating configuration. The vehicle can be ordered as a 7-, 8- or 9 - seater. The 7- and 9 - seaters will have side facing third row seats and captain seats in the 7 seater. In the 8 seater layout, all the seats will be facing forward. The Movus will come in 2 variants —— the base CX and the top end LX. The car gets features such as power steering, fabric inserts in the door trim, an illuminated ignition key slot to make it easier to find it in the dark, air conditioner (in the top end variant), a digital trip meter, tilt steering and ebony black fabric and vinyl upholstery. The Movus can be had in one of two paint colours —— meteor silver or porcelain white. The car comes equipped basic features such as a motorised head lamp level adjustment, collapsible steering column, driver door open warning, a high mounted stop lamp, child locks, seat belts with a provision for height adjustment, power steering, tubeless tyres, disc brakes at the front and an anti-glare interior mirror.
The new Tata Movus is an entry level MUV and so it does not have the latest, high tech features; it does not carry its passengers in superlative comfort and it certainly has nothing to boast of in terms of performance and handling. What it does do, is perform extremely well as a functional, bare bones mode of transportation. If you require a vehicle that can simply haul a lot of people and luggage from point A to point B with no fuss whatsoever, the Movus is the MUV for you. Just don——t expect any frills or extravagances.